Research into plant propagation techniques has been a long-term activity at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. This research enables the Authority to produce clonal material through cuttings, grafting and tissue culture to deliver the best outcome for display and conservation. This research can then be translated into techniques for commercial production.

Verticordia grandisThrough this research, the number of Western Australian species effectively propagated through cuttings has increased dramatically over the past ten years - the benefits of which are now being delivered in the wider array of species available for display and production.

The development of grafting techniques and combinations for Western Australian species has also identified suitable rootstocks and scion combinations that has allowed a wider range of plants to be displayed in the gardens at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and used in general horticulture. Grafting is particularly useful for the cultivation of many desirable forms of plants that have weak root systems, are susceptible to soil-borne diseases (such as Phytophthora), are intolerant of different soil pH, or are very difficult to produce through cuttings or tissue culture.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden is now able to display an amazing array of species from such genera as Eremophila, Boronia, Verticordia, Prostanthera, Grevillea, Hemiandra, Pimelea and Diplolaena, which could not be cultivated previously.

Naturescape summer opening hours

In response to warming Perth summers and an increased frequency of very high fire danger days, BGPA has considered optimum visitor comfort and safety by implementing a change in summer opening hours in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park from 29 December – 30 January 2022.

Works at Mount Eliza Reservoir

The Water Corporation will be conducting upgrade works to the Mount Eliza Reservoir inlet in Kings Park from mid-June.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden on 11 December 2021 due to a concert event.

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Summer events in the park!

With endless sunshine, fresh sea breezes and balmy evenings, summer is a sublime time of year to explore and relax in Kings Park.

Expanded Ruby Tram a boon for Kings Park visitors

Grabbing a coffee and something to eat before (or after) taking the kids to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park has become even easier with an expansion of the free ‘hop-on, hop-off’ Ruby Subiaco Tram service in Kings Park.

Bold Park Draft Management Plan consultation

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is seeking community feedback on the Draft Bold Park Management Plan 2022 - 2027 that will guide park management over the next five years. 

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